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Dragon Quest VIII

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Traditional RPG
Dragon Quest
  • November 15, 2005
  • November 27, 2004
  • April 13, 2006
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Dragon Quest VIII synopsis

The villainous Dhoulmagus has placed a curse on the entire kingdom of Trodain, transforming the people into thorns and freezing the land in time. The curse left one untouched, however... a young guardsman... you! Now you must embark on an epic journey to save your king and country and lift the shadow of the evil jester's curse.

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  • E3 2007 - Square Enix blames stagnation on gamers
    unclesam.PNGDragon Quest IX, as you may or may not know, began as an Action RPG. After twenty years of traditional (classic?) grinding, Square Enix was ready to follow the rest of the RPG genre in moving away from traditional combat systems into new, innovative avenues. What happened? You did, apparently. As a Square Enix spokesperson said at E3, "People didn't want the change. When you've sold over 40 million copies, you've got to listen to your fans." Apparently the same syndrome that affects children when they purchase movie-based games and perpetuate the creation of terrible licensed titles has also infected the RPG market. Can there be any hope for change, especially within a flagship series such as Dragon Quest? Kotaku
    news article 14 July 2007 by Ziyad  2  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • Square rakes in dough; may make bread
    kh2_sora.PNGSquare Enix recently released their most recent fiscal results, accompanied by some rather interesting shipping figures and a new profit projection to boot. Should you care? Don't answer that! Just click on! Read More
    news article 05 Feb 2007 by Ziyad  19  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • Quarter financial results: Squeenix in the green
    squenix.gifThe results are in for the first quarter of the current fiscal year and Square Enix has turned a profit of 888 million yen ($7.60 million USD) from 37.20 billion yen ($318.21 million USD) of sales. This constitutes a tripling of sales and no less than sixteen times the same quarter's profits last year. More specifically, titles such as Valkyrie Profile: Silmeria and Dragon Quest VIII selling in Japan and Europe contributed to the 363 million yen ($3.11 million USD) profit of the Square Enix game division, while the official Final Fantasy XII strategy guide also did its part by increasing the profits of the publishing division more than one hundred percent. A new Final Fantasy XI expansion (along with original title's XBox release) helped boost online sales sixty percent. The only loser was Square Enix's subsidiary Taito, whose acquisition you may recall to have been just under a year ago; it has since suffered an operating loss of 663 million yen ($5.67 million USD). No, there is nothing clever to say. Merely weep at the loss of money.
    news article 30 July 2006 by Ziyad  -50  no new comments discusss permalink permalink
  • Ultimate Hits a hit
    fft-delita.PNGFive hundred thousand. That is the number of copies that Square Enix's Ultimate Hits budget series has sold since its inception in September 2005. Since then, it has been a remarkable tool for the company to curb the high prices associated with the sales of used titles and personally pocket the popularity of their classics. To accompany this tremendous success, Square Enix will be releasing no fewer than sixteen more titles into the Ultimate Hits line on July 20, including Valkyrie Profile and Final Fantasy Tactics. Are you listening, Konami? I want my Suikoden II. Full List
    news article 15 July 2006 by Ziyad  -32  no new comments discusss permalink permalink

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imagename & role
Akihiro HinoAkihiro Hino
Akira ToriyamaAkira Toriyama
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Koichi SugiyamaKoichi Sugiyama
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Yoichi WadaYoichi Wada
Yuji HoriiYuji Horii
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Dragon Quest VIII box
November 15, 2005


Dragon Quest VIII box
November 27, 2004


Dragon Quest VIII box
April 13, 2006


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